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25 minutes ago, Sports Guy said:


 

I probably slightly lean Kjerstad but would need to know more about Gonzalez’s defense.

Because of Body Type and maintainable strength? This kid lifted water bottles all day since he was eight!

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2 minutes ago, weams said:

Because of Body Type and maintainable strength? This kid lifted water bottles all day since he was eight!

Just less concerns about inflated numbers and played against the best competition college has to offer.

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Just now, Sports Guy said:

Just less concerns about inflated numbers and played against the best competition college has to offer.

Good concerns. 

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6 minutes ago, BohKnowsBmore said:

Servideo may actually be one of the picks I'm most excited about. He had an 18% BB rate in college, plays good defense up the middle by all accounts, and looks like he might have the tools to be a 20 HR-20 SB guy

He's the ultimate SSS Theater player.  He was very unimpressive offensively with no power until this season - where he was like the College POY for the short period of time.  

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1 hour ago, Ruzious said:

He's the ultimate SSS Theater player.  He was very unimpressive offensively with no power until this season - where he was like the College POY for the short period of time.  

FWIW, that 18% college BB rate is the total of all college seasons, including 2018 and 2019. It's buoyed by 2020 ( 27.6%), but the other two seasons were certainly respectable (8.5% and 18.0%, respectively). Also, the speed component was always there.

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41 minutes ago, BohKnowsBmore said:

FWIW, that 18% college BB rate is the total of all college seasons, including 2018 and 2019. It's buoyed by 2020 ( 27.6%), but the other two seasons were certainly respectable (8.5% and 18.0%, respectively). Also, the speed component was always there.

Good points, but he was still a bad to mediocre overall hitter until 2020.  Remember, the scouting reports said he was really bad with the wooden bats in the Cape Cod League.  I agree with you on everything else about him. 

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3 hours ago, Ruzious said:

Tbh, I think a case can be made that Gonzales is a better prospect than Martin.  He had better stats in college, he certainly seems to have more power, and he's a decent 2nd baseman.  I'm not sure Martin's played enough at any position to say he's better defensively.  I gotta wonder - is Gonzales being 5'10 the biggest reason Martin's rated higher?

I know Gonzalez hit in the Cape but those New Mexico State power numbers are useless.

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7 minutes ago, Moose Milligan said:

Cool, he's a natural righty, switch hitter through all of HS.  

What's this in reference to?

I would add that it's not super rare for lefty batters to throw (and I assume write, open doors, etc.) right-handed. Chris Davis and Chance Sisco, for example. Keeps the left side of the IF and catcher as an option too.

What is extremely rare is the opposite (pretty sure the O's had one of those guys recently (EDIT: it was/is Joey Rickard)

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11 minutes ago, BohKnowsBmore said:

What's this in reference to?

I would add that it's not super rare for lefty batters to throw (and I assume write, open doors, etc.) right-handed. Chris Davis and Chance Sisco, for example. Keeps the left side of the IF and catcher as an option too.

What is extremely rare is the opposite (pretty sure the O's had one of those guys recently (EDIT: it was/is Joey Rickard)

Kjerstad.

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2 hours ago, Moose Milligan said:

Kjerstad.

Right.

Just seemed like you were reacting to something (potentially new information). Or perhaps I'm the only one who read it that way.

I believe every profile/scouting report has listed him as Bat L/Throw R (with maybe one that had him listed as Bat S, but that may have been dated.

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39 minutes ago, Frobby said:

Kjerstad is a really young-looking guy.  

Did Elias's hair get significantly whiter? Has he been reading the post-draft OH threads?

Also, looking like he hasn't shaved before is a great sign of physical upside ;) 

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14 minutes ago, BohKnowsBmore said:

Did Elias's hair get significantly whiter? Has he been reading the post-draft OH threads?

Also, looking like he hasn't shaved before is a great sign of physical upside ;) 

I remember when my cousin was 14-15, his sisters were teasing him about not needing to shave, and he replied “studies show that men who shave earlier die earlier.”    I doubt he knew what he was talking about, but it shut his sisters up immediately.   

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